Babies might not old enough to monkey around — but that doesn’t mean they can’t get near the monkey bars. Parks across Chicago are meant for all ages to enjoy, and some are particularly equipped for infants. If you’re itching to enjoy fresh air and nature with your little bundle, flip through our photo album to discover the best baby-friendly parks in the city and beyond. Each offers something different, from shaded areas to stimulating colors to grassy slopes perfect for tummy time.

For crawlers: 31st Street Harbor

A wonderland of color and texture, this playground is great for little ones that are starting to be on the go. Tree-like statues in a rainbow of hues will keep them mesmerized, while the padded ground around the climbing structures keeps the boo-boo factor low. When baby's older, return for the climbing wall, water play area and slides hugged between rock formations. It all may be just the push he or she needs to take those first steps. Located at 31st Street and Lake Shore Drive (312-742-5121 or online at

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— Tabitha Green

Photos: Courtesy of Walter P on Yelp; Evanston Park District, Chicago Park District, Lawrence Y on Yelp, Illinois Office Tourism